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page v -- Photographers Street View

updated 3 February 2019
We now have our own special place on the web! See

It has given me great pleasure to tour the many communities featured in the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection 1885 via Google Street View. Not only has this been both economical and environmentally responsible, it has given me an opportunity to survey the landscape at my leisure rather than zooming through town at the posted speed limit (or more).

If you can't travel everywhere you'd like, Google Street View offers armchair excursions to some unusual places right under your nose. Take a moment to look around some of the places you think you know. Move that mouse and change your perspective. If you're already there with your phone, Google sometimes offers you a choice of earlier views of the location of your choice. Find out what that building looked like before renovation. Appreciate the architecture that surrounds you. Street View is more than just a n…

page x -- What's all the fuss about trade cards?

updated 3 February 2019 Getting the word out, passing it on, leaving a message. Are we any better at this now than in previous generations?

Twenty-first century citizens travel faster than 19th century citizens. We arrive at our destinations with remarkable speed. But are those the same destinations as those we arrived at 200 years ago? And just what difference does it make how fast we get there?

A tour through the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection may reveal some answers, pique your curiosity and inspire you to take a few side trips along the way. The Collection is your tool to unlock the exciting history of the Victorian era in America.

Trade Cards were a means of advertising services. As Wikipedia explains, they were distributed in the manner business cards or appointment cards are today. You might find them at a local merchant or see an assortment at any social gathering. As a boy, Earl J. Arnold was paid 50 cents a day(!) to hand them out at fairs.

Most cards were postca…

page xi -- The Burch Family Tree

updated 11 March 2019
There are a number of references to family in the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection. To minimize confusion, I have reproduced below a portion of my family tree (beginning with Thomas Burch b.1637 in Dorchester MA, off screen) as prepared by my mother, Faith Arnold Diver, Earl J. Arnold's daughter. The area of interest is highlighted.

Of particular interest are these notations about Earl J. Arnold's employment:

newspaper reporter:

Hartford Times
Bristol Press

public relations/publicity:

New Departure Company

Chamber of Commerce executive:

Bristol CT
Lake Worth FL
Hartford CT
Willimantic CT
Waltham MA (1929-1961)

Emma Jane Arnold (b. 1850 Bristol CT), compiler of the Arnold scrapbook, was a charter member of the Grand Army of the Republic's Women's Relief Corps.

Emma Jane's husband, Robert Earle Arnold (b. 1848 Broadalbin NY), whose career began as a clockmaker in Bristol CT, was a disabled Civil War Veteran. He served in the cavalr…

page xii -- Earl Jerome Arnold, the early years

updated 8 December 2018 Two loving parents with a steady income and a high school diploma, these were things Earl J. Arnold lacked. His father died during Earl's first year of life and his labor was needed as soon as possible to support his family. He never graduated from high school.

Not everyone overcomes these obstacles to a successful life--even if they are the only ones. Yet, Earl did.What did Earl have going for him?

On 18 June 1880, Hobart A. Warner, Enumerator, recorded the Arnold family for the U.S. census. Earl J. Arnold's father is recorded in family records as Robert Earle Arnold, but he was known as "Earl Arnold," and that is what is recorded on his gravestone and as part of this census. I did not see a street address for the Arnolds, but I suspect it was probably Main St. Bristol CT.

In 1900, Albert L. Morse, Enumerator for the U.S. Census, recorded the family, then living at 241 Main St., Bristol CT as below:
By 1910, Charles J. Drury, Enumerator, reco…

page xiii -- Earl J. Arnold -- A Life in Public Service

updated 23 January 2019

Continued from  EJA - the Early Years
By the time Earl J. Arnold retired in 1961, he had developed multiple connections with prominent business people across New England. The extent of this network was demonstrated by the letters saluting his service at three milestones in his career,  his 20th year recognition as Executive Secretary of the Waltham MA Chamber of Commerce in 1949, his 25th anniversary as Secretary in 1954 and his retirement ceremony in 1961.

The written remarks and testimonials for each occasion are presented below:

20th year recognition 3 May 1949 (PDF)

25th year recognition 3 May 1954
(the opening card was not part of the ceremony, but came along later)

Remarks on the occasion of the retirement of Earl J. Arnold
with testimonials 24 October 1961

snapshots from Earl J. Arnold's 1961 retirement ceremony

When my family went to visit Granddad Arnold in Waltham, we would be given a tour of all the latest developments along Route 128. I remember that new el…

"The Past, in Color" -- page xiv

updated 23 January 2019
The Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection was written up in the regional press long before its publication on the internet. The most comprehensive discussion was found in the publication reproduced below, George L. Moore, editor.

The friendship between Earl J. Arnold and George L. Moore was long-standing, as evidenced by this letter of commendation penned years before the above article appeared in Food Marketing in New England. This image is from the PDF of  the 1961 ceremony found on page xiii.

Permission to reproduce this article in full is pending (6 February 2017) from Ahold USA, believed to be the current copyright holder for Food Marketing in New England.

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